Robert Lee Longshore

August 03, 1942 ‒ January 22, 2020

Sunbury, Ohio

Robert Lee Longshore, age 77, of Sunbury, died peacefully on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at Kobacker House.

Bob was a lifetime grain farmer, carrying on the family tradition, he was always looking for new ways to do things and was very proud of all he accomplished. He loved sharing his love for farming with anyone who was interested. Bob enjoyed collecting and restoring old tractors frequently taking them to tractor shows and fairs. He enjoyed trips to Amish Country and fishing trips to Canada. He was a huge Ohio State Basketball fan, and loved watching RFD TV. Known to be a bit stubborn Bob also had a huge heart, always helping out anyone in need.

He was a member of Vans Valley Community Church, the Ohio Farm Bureau, Ohio No-Till Council and the Land of Legend Tractor Club.

Born August 3, 1942 in Columbus to the late John G. and Frances E. (Simms) Longshore. Also preceded in death by sister and brother-in-law, Shirley and Bill Mertel; sister-in-law Diane Longshore; brother-in-law, Mel Bell.

Survived by sister, Carole Bell; brothers, Donald and Randy (Kathy) Longshore; nieces and nephew, Daun Longshore, Debbie Benoit, Lori Lenzer, Lisa Luoma, Lisa Phelps, Stacy Ruh, Heather Johnston, Casey Longshore; great-nieces and great-nephews.

Friends may call 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 637 N. State Route 61, (at SR 3), Sunbury, where Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 AM on Wednesday. Pastor Larry DeWitt officiating.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions to the Kobacker House, c/o OhioHealth Foundation, 180 E. Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43214 or Vans Valley Community Church, 4440 E. State Route 37, Sunbury, OH 43074 in Bob’s memory.

The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve Bob’s family. Please leave a memory or condolence for them on this website.

  • Sorry for your loss. Bob was the kindest person I’ve known. I had a lot of fun with him on the farm and of course going to his favorite restaurant Der Dutchman as well as going to the Amish country.

  • On behalf of the Vans Valley congregation we would like to extend our deepest condolences to the Longshore family. Our community has lost well respected farmer. Our congregation has lost another beloved member. I personally have lost a good friend. Your family will be remembered in our thoughts and prayers. He will not be forgotten!

  • Bob was one of the kindest people I have ever known. I have many good memories of spending time on the farm as a child. In fact, most of my best childhood memories were of spending time at the farm. There was nowhere else on earth I ever felt happier and more at home. If there were more people like Bob the world would be a much, much better place.

  • What a great man Bob was, always had a smile and was full of kindness. He also had a big heart! He will be so truly missed. Heaven just gained a great man.

  • My deepest sympathies to the family. My family knew the Longshore family, and Bob was a kind man. A great farmer who will be missed by his community! Prayers to the family during this difficult time!

    Leigh Anne Severance Manter

  • To the Longshore Family,
    So very sorry to hear of Bob’s passing . Bob was a kind & gentle man. We have so many good memories from years ago. Our thoughts & prayers are with your family.
    Ron & Debbie Boggs

  • Bob was a neighbor for over forty years and he was the most kind, helpful and benevolent neighbor anyone could ask for.

  • Bob such a person and relative the way you mentor Randy and me I am proud to be a Longshore my thoughts and prayers to all of you STEVE WATTS

  • To Kathy & Randy Longshore & their Families..Uncle Bob was so very kind to me always ..He always had a wonderful laugh & smile! I have so many Great memories on the farm … Bob always had the Graduates Party’s & the College Party’s & The Holiday party’s!! & so much more!!! He was so full of Love for everyone …but a special Kind of Love for those nephew Casey….& Stacy….& Heather!!! He will be Greatly missed 💕💕🙏🙏🙏🙏Prayers!!with Love Aunt Sheila

  • If I had to describe Bob using one word, it would be “kind”. He was a wonderful neighbor who always had a smile on his face & a soft heart. Rick & I will miss him. Our sympathies to his family & all who loved him.

  • Randy, Kathy, Stacy, Heather, Casey & the Longshore family;;
    So many friends & families with broken hearts over the passing of “uncle Bob”. May wonderful memories carry you through …until you meet again.

    Love you all❤️

  • So saddened to read about the passing of Robert Longshore. He was such a kind and friendly man & was just a pleasant individual. Sorry for the loss to the Longshore family.

  • Bob was a kind soul and a very resourceful and hard working person. He was skilled at managing a large farm operation and truly was the master of his profession. My dear mother always had the highest esteem for her brother, Bob, and his thoughtful words gave her such comfort when my father passed away weeks before she, too, had to leave us. Bob leaves a legacy of fond memories in the people who knew him and his cultivation of the land around him will serve as a tangible memorial to his life. Peace be with you as you memorialize him.